Located 30km away from Dali Old City, Shaping is famous for their weekly morning market. It’s on every Monday from 9am to 2pm. Just take a bus go north from Dali (10 CNY one way), and you’ll see many little villages around Erhai Lake. Shaping is one of the small villages.

Dali is a worthwhile destination, but don’t forget to go out from the city center. There are small villages with old architectures just about one hour range. Easy to get there by bus or bike.

In the market, you’ll see many hill tribe people with their own traditional clothe and the basket. Oh the basket, I want one as my backpack! It’s so smartly designed. It distributes the weight. Also, it’s convenient for bus travel because the basket has legs, so you can just put your bag down in the middle of the bus. And it’s quite cute too. If I’m traveling in a short period, I would buy one but I cannot keep it. What a shame.

Enough about the basket…

It was an interesting market. And yes, there’s absolutely nothing to buy because we’re not farmers. But we bought some local fruits: apples, pears, and pineapples with a good price. One pineapple for 2 CNY (0.30 USD), what a deal!

Here are some photos from Shaping Monday market.

Fruit? Vegetable?
Fruit? Vegetable? Couldn't tell
Palm sugar, I guess
Palm sugar? I'm guessing. It tastes sweet.
Charcoals for sale
Blood sausage?
Blood sausage?
Pig's inside
Pig's inside for food
buying meat
Buying and selling meat
Big chunk of pork
A big chunk of pork for sale
An old man selling animal product
We couldn't communicate, but we're guessing this is cheese or something. He was happy with photography
Minority tribe ladies
Minority group ladies at Shaping Monday Market
Smoking guy buying more tabacco
Smoking guy buying more tabacco
Farming stuff
The stuff you don't need if you're not a farmer
marinated dishes
Marinated dishes
How to do Tie-dye
This is how they make tie-dye
Tie-dye for sale
Popular guy with orange
Popular orange guy
Lotus roots
Measuring lotus roots
Chili powder
Chili powder
Straw mat
Stray mat and brooms
Baskets -- it's village people's backpack
Baskets -- it's village people's backpack
Strap for baskets
Straps for baskets
More baskets
More baskets
Chili peppers
Chili peppers
Chinese junk food - anything deep fried  taste good
Chinese junk food - anything deep fried taste good
Bean paddy
Beautiful Shaping - bean paddies

16 thoughts on “Shaping Monday market; Where There’s Not Much to Buy if You’re Not a Farmer”

    1. Thanks Audrey! I did too. I didn’t know there’s that many spices they use. And all the people were very friendly. I like small town markets!

  1. That looks like quite a high and remote elevation. It certainly cannot be easy for the vendors to get their goods to the market… The variety is amazing, no parts of the pig wasted; this reminds me of a trip I took to one of the Indonesian Islands, just south of Singapore. Great photos, the experiences you are gaining must be priceless!

    1. Thanks James! Yes, no parts of Pig is going waste in China! This is about 1900m see level. I don’t know about this particular town, but Dali (30km away) is 1900m and I think this would be the same. It was very remote and only once a week market. Saw some good stuff there.

  2. This is what normal market looks like in the provinces. All the products are first hand and fresh. Thanks for sharing this.. Good job!

    1. Thanks Cley! I like to visit ramdon markets around the villages. It’s very refreshing. I’d miss these markets if I’m back to big cities.

  3. Hey, Sister. how is ti going?
    A few days ago, I got your postcard.
    Wow, it seems like yummy. Especially, A big chunk of pigs and pig’s inside. 😀
    This country is getting warmer, take care, sis. Talk to you later.

  4. The basket looks great! I can understand why you covet it.

    Are you sure that the picture of the noodle is actually noodles? It looks like plastic tubing split into half. Then again, it almost looks like a flat vermicelli.

  5. I have already visited the beautiful place of China, but I never experience their market hour… Thanks for sharing this images, if I could reach China once again, I will visit this one…

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